The Unique Saga Of Mike Penner, Transsexual Sportswriter, Comes To An End
Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and would be living as a woman, died over the weekend. The Times reports that he likely committed suicide, although an official cause of death has yet to be released.
Two years ago Penner began using the byline Christine Daniels. Over the years he covered the Angels, the Olympics and soccer. He also had a column. He returned to his Mike Penner byline a little more than a year ago.
The journalist wrote about his personal transition in the pages of the Times, and he remained a well-respected member of the Times staff until his death Friday night at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. He was 52.
"Mike was a first-rate journalist, a valued member of our staff for 25 years and we will miss him,'' Times editor Russ Stanton said. "He respected our readers a great deal, enough to share with them his very personal journey.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.
- Man Who Spit on Transgender Woman at Target Arrested
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:30pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 8:00pm
Sun., Sep. 6, 12:35pm
Sun., Sep. 6, 1:00pm
- Conservative Hollywood Welcomes Sarah Palin & Anti-Immigrant Author
- Rich, White Manhattan Beach Keeps Out the Riffraff With a Weird Law Against Eating (VIDEO)